The shortened work schedule this week felt like a pretty long one, I’m not going to lie. We are in the midst of learning COBOL – short for COmmon Business Oriented Language – a programming language that reached its apex of popularity in the 1970s but still boasts trillions of lines of production code on mainframes all over the world, powering the back-end of financial transactions and government record keeping to name just a few applications. It’s a bit clunky to program and debug, not going to lie. However, I’m getting paid to do it and it will help my career out – as many of the people who wrote/maintained those COBOL programs are either retired or getting ready to retire, causing a bit of a knowledge vacuum.
It has been a bit of a “culture shock” being fully integrated with over 150 of our Indian counterparts in the July Long Cycle 2 Batch. They segregated us the first day of Generic Stream for some reason, but now we are back together again. It is a trip, let me tell you. The Indian trainees love to answer things in unison and ask questions in the middle of lecture – something we aren’t totally familiar with. They also seem to have an obsession with breaking standard issue Infosys coffee mugs and then bursting out into a round of applause as a class. I can’t figure that one out for the life of me. I’m starting to get the hang of navigating the culture and using the lingo (revising = studying, for example), but TR1 (Alexander Graham Bell Room) in the Global Education Center is a totally different world than B-104 Wells Hall.
In other news, I would like to thank everyone out there for the advice and encouragement that you have sent my way. This experience hasn’t been easy at times, but I suppose nothing worth doing ever is. I read every single e-mail, comment, Facebook message/wall post, voice mail and/or text message that people send me. They help keep me plugged into what’s going on back home – so feel free to let me know about what’s going on in your lives!